Marina Rodriguez

Brazil

Suffers first pro loss
StrawweightUFC
July 25, 2020
Rodriguez lost to Carla Esparza via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It's the first loss of Rodriguez's professional MMA career. A striker by trade, Rodriguez had some trouble with the grappling of Esparza. She landed some nasty elbows from the bottom and was clearly the more effective fighter on the feet, but overall she spent too much time being controlled on the mat. The 30-27 scorecard in favor of Esparza is pretty bad, but the judges appeared to get this one correct. There are concerns about the Brazilian's cardio in addition to her all-around game. The talent here is evident, but Rodriguez has some work to do before she can be considered a legitimate contender at 115 pounds.
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Esparza fight back on
StrawweightUFC
July 6, 2020
Rodriguez's scheduled strawweight matchup against Carla Esparza has been pushed back to July 25 on Fight Island, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This was a matchup originally scheduled for July 15 but later scrapped following a positive COVID-19 test from a member of Rodriguez's corner. Operating under the assumption that the fighters and remaining teammates have all tested negative, it looks like the UFC will keep same location but push the date back 10 days. Rodriguez is currently listed as approximately a (-150) betting favorite for the matchup.
Fight off July 15 card
StrawweightUFC
July 3, 2020
Rodriguez's scheduled bout versus Carla Esparza has been removed from the July 15 card after one of Rodriguez's corners tested positive for COVID-19, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Neither Rodriguez nor Esparza has tested positive for the virus, but the UFC has decided to remove her from the Friday charter flight as a precaution to avoid a larger spread. It's unclear exactly when she'll be back in the Octagon but it may not be very long if she avoids the bug.
Taking on Esparza in July
StrawweightUFC
June 3, 2020
Rodriguez is set to fight Carla Esparza in a strawweight bout July 15, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez was previously scheduled to face Claudia Gadelha in early May, but the event was one of many canceled due to coronavirus. She remains an unbeaten 12-0-2 in her professional career, while Esparza is coming off a victory over Michelle Waterson and has won her past three fights.
Added to Oklahoma card
StrawweightUFC
February 12, 2020
Rodriguez will fight Claudia Gadelha at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez will look to keep her undefeated record intact against Gadelha come May. The 32-year-old should have clear advantages in terms of height and striking skills, but Gadelha's superior talents in the ground exchange could pose a threat should wrestling prove a factor in the fight.
Sees Cynthia Calvillo to draw
StrawweightUFC
December 7, 2019
Rodriguez and Cynthia Calvillo fought to a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Washington D.C.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez is going to be kicking herself. She was well on her way to a win before allowing Calvillo to get back in the fight in Round 3. Of course, she didn't have to take this fight after Calvillo missed weight on Friday morning. As was the case in her unanimous decision win over Tecia Torres in August, Rodriguez's striking skills were on full display on Saturday. She's tall (5-foot-7) for the division and extremely quick. She puts together combinations well and gets out dodge before her opposition can return fire. Rodriguez doesn't look entirely comfortable on the mat and her knockout power has severely dried up that past few years, but she's talented. Oddly enough, Rodriguez now has two draws (2-0-2) in her first four UFC bouts.